Date of death
-Cause of death
-Cause of fame
July 3, 1969
-Drowned in swimming pool.
-Rolling Stones founder and guitarist / multi-instrumentalist.
September 18, 1970
-Asphyxiated on vomit after overdose of sleeping pills.
-Pioneering electric guitarist, singer and songwriter for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys.
October 4, 1970
-Probable heroin overdose.
-Lead vocalist and songwriter for Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Kozmic Blues Band and Full Tilt Boogie Band.
July 3, 1971
-Official cause of death listed as "heart failure", however, no autopsy was performed.
-Poet, lead singer, songwriter and video director for The Doors.
c. April 5, 1994
-Officially ruled as suicide by shotgun.
-Lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Nirvana.
March 26, 1908
August 16, 1938
-Unknown, but typically credited to strychnine poisoning.
-Bluesman. Recorded very famous and influential set of 29 songs that influenced many famous musicians after him.
February 6, 1960
-R&B singer and songwriter
May 20th, 1964
-Vocalist of The Drifters
October 31, 1968
-Carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty space heater.
-Original member of Spanky and Our Gang.
Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson
September 3, 1970
-Barbiturate overdose, possible suicide.
-Leader, singer and primary composer of Canned Heat.
March 14, 1972
May 3, 1972
-Electrocuted by live mic.
-guitarist for Stone the Crows
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan
March 8, 1973
-Gastrointestinal hemorrhage associated with alcoholism.
-Founding member, keyboardist and singer of the Grateful Dead.
February 10, 1975
-Bassist for the Stooges.
April 24, 1975
-Suicide by hanging.
-Keyboardist and guitarist, leader of Badfinger.
December 8, 1975
-Former bassist of Uriah Heep.
May 3, 1977
-Carbon monoxide poisoning.
-Bassist with 1970s German prog rock band Triumvirat.
December 27, 1978
-Car wreck; ran into a telephone pole.
-Singer-songwriter and guitarist of power pop band Big Star and solo.
March 23, 1980
-Jamaican reggae artist and lead singer for Inner Circle.
December 22, 1985
-Lying down in the back of a van when it veered off road, he was ejected from the vehicle and broke his neck.
-Guitarist, lead singer of punk band the Minutemen.
February 17, 1988
-Suicide by jumping
-Russian poet, rock musician and songwriter
August 12, 1988
-Painter and graffiti artist; formed the band Gray.
Pete de Freitas
June 14, 1989
-Motorcycle wreck on his way back from filming a music video.
-Drummer for Echo & the Bunnymen.
July 7, 1993
-Lead singer of the Gits.
June 16, 1994
-Officially ruled as an accidental heroin overdose.
-Bass guitarist for Hole and Janitor Joe.
Richey James Edwards
c. February 1, 1995
-Disappeared; officially presumed dead November 23, 2008.
-Lyricist and guitarist for Manic Street Preachers.
February 3, 1998
-Rapper and member of Screwed Up Click.
March 28, 1999
-Popular rapper and member of the rap group Lost Boyz.
Sean Patrick McCabe
August 28, 2000
-Asphyxiated on vomit after ingesting too much alcohol.
-Lead singer of Ink & Dagger.
Jeremy Michael Ward
May 25, 2003
-The Mars Volta and De Facto sound manipulator.
April 19, 2005
-Prescription drug overdose.
-Guitarist for American Head Charge.
c. April 20, 2008
-Founding member of '90s R&B group 702.